How is This Year Different From All Other Years?

ON BALANCE

2004 is supposed to be the opposite of the past few years. Contracts will be signed, money will flow, vendors will flourish and all will be good with the world.

Certainly most vendors are confident of this. Moneyline Telerate CEO Chris Feeney declares that the market turned around some time ago. Gregory Smith, president and CEO of data management vendor Cicada, agrees, pointing to the flood of requests for proposals and sales inquiries.

John Hyde, group CEO of SunGard Market Data Services, s

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